In the context of what has been happening in the US and globally in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, I want to be clear about what I stand for as a human, a coach, a facilitator, and the leader of my community.
This message is long overdue. I’ve been wanting to send it weeks ago. Besides supporting kickass clients, I just wrapped up a time-sensitive and very important project. This is why I’ve been quiet lately. I’ve also been immersed in my own education as a white woman so that I can support the emergence of a just and inclusive society worldwide.
I stand 100% behind “Black Lives Matter.” This is my stance as a person, as a business owner, and as a coach.
As a white woman and as a business owner, I’m committed to doing my own work to:
unpack my own unconscious biases and blind spots around white supremacy and white privilege. If you think you don’t have some, think twice, especially if you identify as white. We all have some. (see resources below)
contribute to creating a safe and equitable space in my community and in the world for my sisters and brothers of color to thrive.
Here are a few resources that I’ve found eye-opening:
Podcast Seeing White – How the social construct of race and whiteness came about in the world (Europe first) and how it evolved in the US. HIGHLY recommended.
Some of these resources apply to the US specifically, but not all. The false ideology of white supremacy and white centering is pervasive everywhere in the world. This is the water we swim in; we don’t see it, especially if we identify as white.
There are many more resources, but these are some that I’ve found most helpful so far. Let me know which ones have been helpful to you.
For a world where… ….we can all thrive physically, financially, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually ….and be free to express our gifts and do the work we love whatever the color of our skin.
I want to introduce you to my colleague, Jessica Denise Dickson, who is offering supportive connection sessions for women of color.
If you are a woman of color, I highly recommend you check them out. See more information below.
If you are not a woman of color, please share broadly to the women of color in your network who could benefit from it. This is a wonderful way to be of support and elevate the voices of our sisters and brothers of color.
If you are a woman of color:
Joining one of these sessions is an opportunity to be in a supportive community with other women of color,find rest for your soul, and be the most authentic version of yourself.
I’ve experienced personally the powerful loving presence and talent of Jessica, and I know the women in these sessions are in for a treat. Her fierce love will hold you no matter what. I highly recommend you check them out.
I realized that I had lost my center by constantly checking the updates of the current crisis.
Every time I was checking the updates of the Coronavirus in the US, in France, and in the world, I just could not stop myself from reading and reading more about it. It was as if a spider has taken me in its web, and I could not untangle myself from it. I was glued in it.
On Friday afternoon, I was feeling heavy in my heart and mind, as if a big dark cloud was hanging over me. …like the gloom of the world has taken over me.
It felt like my mind was pulled away in so many directions. …like my mind was not my own anymore.
and that I could not focus on the things I want to create in my life now.
I realized that I needed a break to recenter and come back to being the creator of my life.
Here is what I’m doing this weekend:
– I’m NOT checking ANY news or updates about the coronavirus for 2 full days at least. – I’m taking the time to meditate, read, and journal. – I’m writing and sharing all the amazing things I’m grateful for in my life. They are so many. – I’m going for luscious walks in nature. – I’m connecting with friends, family, and community through Zoom, phone calls, messages, Facebook. – I’m being of support to people in my life who need my love and presence. – I also attended a fun dance party on Zoom with friends. – I asked friends on Facebook to post funny/silly memes so that I could laugh out loud.
Tonight, as I write this, I’m feeling:
– refreshed and recentered. – lighter, with joy and gratitude in my heart. – clear-minded about what is happening in the world and what I can do best to help. – armed with a fresh perspective about this crisis and the blessings and rebirth that will come from it – empowered to be an active creator of my life.
What about you?
Are you taking the time to refresh and recenter in these times?
If so, what are you doing?
If not, this is TIME! unless you want to let the events of the world be in the driver seat of your life.
This is SO important… always, but EVEN MORE so now.
Recharge and recenter, so that: … you don’t let yourself be pulled away every moment of the day by the flow of intense news. … you don’t let the external events dictate your life. … you don’t lose your center, your creative force. … you don’t let the gloom of the world colors your internal state.
Recharge and recenter, so that: … you come back to your center. … you connect back to your gratitude for life. … you stay in the driver seat of your life. … you create what you are here to create.
Be gentle with yourself.
What we are facing is unprecedented in our lifetime, and we are all learning how to be with it.
I’m learning too and doing it imperfectly.
Love and blessings to you and your loved ones,
P.S. I hope you and everyone around you is well. Here in California, we have a shelter-in-place order for 3 weeks at least.
the past few days, my attention has been pulled towards and literally
“sucked into” the current health concerns in the world. To
the point where it has been hard NOT to think about it constantly or to
stop checking articles about it, and focus my attention elsewhere.
I’m giving myself lots of grace around it. (and I invite you to do the same) The atmosphere around it is quite intense.
I don’t regret it as I’m learning what I need to learn so that I can act from LOVE to be of support to family, friends, and our big Human family.
However, this week is a BIG week for me in terms of sharing my message out and stepping into BIGGER visibility. I’ll be Interviewed on Facebook Live and on a TV show; I just launched my new website.
So, I realized I needed to find a way to FOCUS back on what I’m up to in the world and pull my attention away from the trance we are getting lost into.
This afternoon, I made the decision to take a break from checking or discussing the virus, to focus on the preparation of the two interviews I have this week.
hours into preparing them and connecting with the core of the message I
want to share and why the world needs to hear it, and I felt my JUICE and EXCITEMENT back again!!
I was connected back to my PURPOSE on this planet and why I’m so PSYCHED about it.
My inspiration was flowing and several times, I got myself saying out loud: “There is a BOOK here that needs to written!” “I’ve a BOOK that wants to come out of me.”
My message needs to be shared more broadly in the world to help more people.
So, what can you do today to move your attention away from the current situation, take a break from it, and connect with JOY and INSPIRATION again?
It starts with making a conscious decision to do it and to focus on something else that brings you joy, and let yourself dive into it.
…and to STOP checking news, articles, and such for a little while, even if it is just for an afternoon or a day.
Try it even just for a little while and let me know how that goes.
With love, Isabelle
P.S. I’m excited to announce I’ll be interviewed this Wednesday at 10 am PT on this awesome Facebook Live show. Watch the interview live at facebook.com/the3burns